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Robert Emslie December 14, 2012 Last Call 16 Comments

I thought it would be nice to wrap up the week with this mesmerizing image of an LT1 tidily wedged into the tight confines of a Bluebird’s engine bay. Kind of makes you feel like anything is possible, doesn’t it?

Image: [Norfolk Street Cruisers]

  • Rover1

    With the engine so far back, is there room for a heater or aircon? And does it matter?

    • alain

      full time heat!!! no fan necessary!

    • I was wondering if this Bluebird was piloted from the rear seat.

      • Preludacris

        I think piloted is the correct term!

  • Spring-heeled Jack

    How can so much awesome and so much heinousness be in one car at the same time. On one hand, he ruined a beautiful Bluebird; on the other hand he created a beautiful monster. The workmanship looks incredible, but if there was one of those tiny Hyabusa V8s in there I'd be nutty about this.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Sweet ride. But I'm sure not your boy to change those spark plugs.

    • TX_Stig

      So, the changing plugs is about the same as the 4th gen Camaro the motor probably came from? Haha, I kid. I'm only making jokes based on the stories I read when I was looking at picking up a Camaro a while back.

  • Irishzombieman

    This, amigos, is why good mechanics keep shoehorns in their tool boxes.

    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/42/Shoehorn-800.jpg&quot; width=450>


    One Bluebird stuffed with anger.

    <img src="http://www.bbtoystore.com/mm5/angrybirds/AGB_FFT_blue-bird.jpg"&gt;

  • njhoon

    this makes me tingly.

  • BobWellington

    Never heard of the Bluebird. Now I have. Cool.

  • neat, thats alot of power for a small car! any more pics?

  • facelvega

    This is a totally inappropriate engine choice for a bluebird. The best Datsun engine in those days was the I6 version of the L engine, so the appropriate Americanization is a Jeep/AMC 4.0, or maybe the old 232 version for coevality. Another advantage here would be having an amount of power the chassis might possibly handle, and being able to reach things under the hood.

    • facelvega

      ps, also about a hundred or so pounds less for the outrageous forward weight bias required by the new engine might mean that it retains some small degree of handling.

  • Felis_Concolor

    Did he use the eminently practical wheelbarrow firewall mod? Simple to implement; looks great; cheap on parts.

    And while the base engine may well be an LT-1, those cylinder heads indicate it isn't one any longer. I'm guessing LT-4 class or greater levels of power, as the lack of center bolt valve covers along with dual intakes scream, "deep breather!"

    Some good fab work there, especially the altered strut towers, front brace and hood hinge mod with the gas lift supports.

    From what I can see, the engine mounting provides the proper amount of rearward weight bias to qualify as the "front-mid" Corvette style of mid engine mounting. The valve covers are behind the front strut towers, so you know the rear suspension isn't just there for show.

  • Ilkka

    Apparently it's built by Peter Brock: http://www.ebaymotorsblog.com/peter-brocks-510-at